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The Four Domains – Frequently Asked Questions

Sunday 15th July 2018

You may have noticed within StrengthsFinder that all of the 34 themes are often represented in different colours - red, orange, purple and blue. These colours represent the 'Four Domains of Team Strength'. The colours are - Red - Strategic Thinking Themes Those with dominant themes…

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Using the Five Dysfunctions of a Team Model to Raise the Performance of your Team

Sunday 17th June 2018

The Five Dysfunctions of a team is a model from teams expert Patrick Lencioni that helps to understand some of the common challenges faced by teams. You might recognise some of these 'dysfunctions' from teams you have worked in or are currently working in. The model works from the bottom up, and progress up the pyramid depends on solving the dysfunction below. So if you think you have a fear of conflict, the real problem is that you are lacking trust. Read on for ideas to solve your team challenges... The first dysfunction is Absence of Trust. This is at the bottom of the pyramid as it supports everything above it. Without trust, little else can be achieved. An…

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Tips for using the GROW model

Thursday 17th May 2018

The GROW Model is a simple and effective tool that we always recommend people who are new coaching to use. GROW is a model to use during a coaching conversation to give your conversation a structure and flow. Below are some…

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Supporting your Coaching Journey with StrengthsFinder

Sunday 6th May 2018

Self-awareness is 'the conscious knowledge of one's own character and feelings'; it is one of the fundamental elements of emotional intelligence and sets apart the mature from the naïve and enables us to engage in true learning and self-development. After all, if you don't know where you are now, how do you know where you want to…

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The Cost of Bad Hiring and how to do it Right

Thursday 15th March 2018
Nathalie Spree

You're under pressure, the vacancy in the sales team that has been open for several weeks has not yet been filled, you haven't found a candidate that you've been 100% happy with and the team is starting to complain. How bad could it be to…

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StrengthsFinder Success!

Wednesday 21st February 2018

StrengthsFinder is a brilliant tool with proven results in improving employee engagement; reducing staff turnover; making employees more productive and improving relationships amongst colleagues. Companies that have adopted a Strengths philosophy include Microsoft, Cisco, Facebook, Philips, Intel and Rackspace. Being Strengths focussed means that as an organisation you focus on, celebrate and develop individuals in…

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Picking the right coach for you

Wednesday 24th January 2018

About 18 months ago, I decided I wouldn't pursue a coaching qualification because in my words 'Dubai has enough coaches!' It is true that Dubai and many other places have a lot of coaches and like other unregulated industries (hello financial advisors) the landscape can be daunting. I changed my mind after deciding I did have value to add in this field and coaching could help my clients to get even more value from the training and assessments they were already doing with me. In this crowded landscape too often people pick the wrong coach…

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Why get coaching for your managers?

Thursday 11th January 2018

Sometimes when you are so entrenched in your industry you forget that others outside the industry won't necessarily understand what exactly you do or how it is of value! One of my pet peeves when I worked in marketing was websites and company brochures that left you wondering what the business was! Since working in training, I have always striven to make our services and value as simple and easy to understand as possible. However, I understand that we…

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If you want to know someone, look at their bookshelf or kindle app!

Thursday 4th January 2018

I try to read at least one book a month. Usually they are books that are related to work, books from thought leaders that can help me do better as a trainer and coach. As we move into 2018 I wanted to reflect on the books I read last year, the key messages of those books and my thoughts on them. My reading this year includes a lot more on health and diet than it normally would, a reflection on my diet switch to cutting out meat. It also includes a few coaching books and some…

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